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  • New Bills Could Help Juvenile Offenders Put Criminal Past Behind Them

    Posted May 29th, 2014 By in Background Checks, Juvenile Cases With | Comments Off on New Bills Could Help Juvenile Offenders Put Criminal Past Behind Them

    Getting in trouble with the law when you are young could have harsh, unforeseen consequences for you in the future. Besides the legal problems that result from juvenile offenses, past criminal records could negatively influence job and college searches as well as create other adverse effects. The goal of some new bills is to protect those with juvenile offenses and allow them the opportunity to become contributing members of society by sealing a number of non-serious crimes from public record.

    The California State Legislature is currently considering a bill that would help young offenders, those under the age of 18, by automatically sealing public records of their criminal past upon completion of their probationary period. This proposed legislation, SB1038, was put forward by Mark Leno and excludes 30 crimes which have been deemed particularly serious by previous legislation, and which are, therefore, exempt from the possibility of being sealed. These 30 crimes include violations such as arson, murder, and kidnapping, while a number of violent crimes are not included in this list.

    Lizzie Buchen, a policy analyst for the Centre on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, has said that there has recently been a trend towards the idea that young offenders have a high possibility of rehabilitation, and that they should not be held to adult standards. Jerry Brown, the current governor of California, has exemplified this trend through some of his actions over the past years. For example, last year he approved a proposal to expedite parole hearings for criminals who had been given lengthy sentences as juveniles. The basis of these new bills in California is the idea that the government should help young offenders become productive members of society, though opponents of bills such as SB1038 point out that these measures could have unintended consequences.

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